Brooklyn Local 1 Belgian-Style Ale

Origin: Brooklyn Local 1 Belgian-Style Ale (Brooklyn Brewery, NY)

ABV: 9%

IBU: 26

STYLE: Belgian Strong Pale Ale (although not too hoppy)

I thought I’d start my first of many reviews with the Brooklyn Local 1 high gravity beer. I have been drinking this Belgian style beer for a couple of years now, and it has become my go-to high gravity beer for both the spring and the summer. Clocking in right at 9% alcohol content, it’s heavy enough to sip without making you feel overwhelmed.

Brooklyn Local 1 is brewed in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, forged with barley malt and hops from Germany, aromatic raw sugar from Mauritius and yeast from Belgium (had to look that up!). To create this beer and old technique called bottle re-fermentation is used- the beer ferments mostly before bottling. Then, once sealed, fermentation finishes inside the bottle. This style of fermentation is very rare in today’s beer market (mainly because it is a very precise process), but it gives this beer a palate of unusual depth.

While you can find this beer on tap, you will most likely find it in 750ml corked bottles. Once you open it, be prepared to finish the entire bottle (unless of course you feel the unnecessary urge to share with a friend).

Appearance – The body of the beer is a golden-amber in color.

Smell – One thing I noticed about this beer is that it is overwhelmed with the smell of wheat (which is generally my style of beer), with a mix of the caramel and fruit. The caramel smell probably comes from the brown sugar in the beer as it caramelizes.

Taste – Sweet and light, with a hint of fruit and caramel (as I have mentioned before). The cool thing about this beer is that you taste exactly what you smell.

Drinkability – This is the perfect high gravity beer to drink during the summer time when you are out hanging with your friends.

Overall Score – My personal ranking of this beer is about on par with the industry’s rating- a solid 90%. Next time you’re at your local liquor store, pick up a bottle. At right around 10 bucks (typically), this is a beer you cannot pass up!

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